Brendan's New Solo Album- August 24
Posted 07 December 2009 - 03:31 PM
Posted 07 December 2009 - 04:17 PM
Brendan Benson was great. He seemed to be in a weird mood, I'm not sure why. He and his band forgot the words to one of the songs (forgot which, I think 'Spit It Out'), so they just stopped halfway through and went on. Also, since there was no "backstage", and the band had to enter the stage through the crowd, there was no encore. When he left the stage, he left for good.
I don't know whether he was high (does he smoke weed?), a little drunk, or just in a weird mood. He skipped a few songs (4 or 5) off the 21-song setlist that was stuck on the floor, but the ones that he played were great. I recorded 720p video of about 8 or 9 songs, from dead center, with one person in front of me. The first half of the videos have the occasional head or hand, as there were guys both on my left and right who were getting really into the music. I was fine with that, but the clapping and really loud singing-along was a little annoying at times. But the thing that really bothered me was the back 50-70% of the crowd, talking as if they were at a baseball game. No repsect at all for either band, and it was ruining it for those who really wanted to enjoy the music. Just because you only paid $15 for a show, doesn't entitle you to disturb it. But I guess there's nothing I could do. Cory Chisel tried to get them to be quiet (nicely, by saying "come on, guys, people can't hear the music"), but it didn't do anything.
After about half of BB's set, the guy in front of me (and his girlfriend) left, so I got right up close, front row center. I took a few more videos, and snapped some sweet pictures. After the show, when the stage manager told me he was not coming back for an encore, I asked him for the setlist, which he gave me, and also one of Brendan's picks. I hoped to get the setlist autographed by Brendan, but I couldn't find him. I got it autographed by the bassist, Jared.
Overall, a great night. I was a little annoyed that they didn't follow the set times at all, though. When I called Maxwell's that night, the machine said "Brendan Benson, sold out. Cory Chisel at 9:30, Brendan Benson at 10:30". So I expected the show to end just before midnight, getting me home before 12:30. Cory Chisel didn't come on until 10:30, and Brendan Benson finally came on at 11:50. The show didn't end until about 1:15, and then I got back to the parking garage, to find that my car wouldn't start. Ended u paying the parking attendant to jumpstart it, and I got home just after 2am.
But it was worth it!
Posted 08 December 2009 - 12:00 AM
Edit: Audio definitely came out listenable, so that will be available soon! Bit too hot for the mics, but I've heard worse.
Edited by 3brokenbricks3, 08 December 2009 - 02:34 AM.
Posted 09 December 2009 - 04:53 PM
Needless to say him and I are thoroughly enjoying BBs lastest offereinig, everytime I put it on I hear something new, like the album is unfolding it's treasures
Posted 12 January 2010 - 12:06 AM
Posted 05 February 2010 - 04:46 PM
Singer songwriter Brendan Benson talks Ranconteurs, Jack White, solo work
Posted on Friday, Feb 5, 2010 By Melinda Newman
Brendan Benson is best known as a member of the Raconteurs, along with the White Stripes/Dead Weathers Jack White and Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler of Greenhornes.
But hes also released four stellar solo albums, most recently My Old, Familiar Friend, this past August. The collection is irrepressible melodic pop rock redolent of Bensons musical influences, including the Cars, Todd Rungren, Cheap Trick and the Kinks.
Hitfix caught up with the lowkey, genial Benson prior to his second performance at ASCAPs Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah (Yep, we're still cleaning out our interviews from the festival). He filled us in on whats next for the Raconteurs, his thoughts about becoming a first-time dad in April, and why he just doesnt understand Bruce Springsteen.
Following his Sundance appearance, Benson and his band embarked on a month-long tour. He is also collaborating with singer/songwriter Ashley Monroe, who joined the Raconteurs and fellow guest Ricky Skaggs on the Raconteurs Old Enough.
Q: Since were at Sundance, it seems appropriate to ask whats the last movie you saw?
A: The Invention of Lying. It wasnt great. I love [Ricky Gervais]. Im inclined to think that the powers that be changed that movie. It was his idea. It could have gotten… it could have been way better.
Q: Congratulations on your first child coming in April. Are you going to be able to resist the urge to write songs only about your kid?
A: I think Im too self absorbed still. Maybe the kid will change that about me, but theres no one more interested than myself to write about. (laughs)
Q: Youre here playing at ASCAPs Music Café. Part of the idea is to use this opportunity to meet directors and music supervisors who may license your music. Whats your experience been with that and whats your expectation?
A: Not a whole lot, but Ive had songs in some movies. My first license was in Zero Effect, on my first record, which was really exciting. [2002s] Tiny Spark was used in Along Came Polly and I think it was used in another movie sooner than that and Im best known for that song and its not hugely popular, but thats the most popular song that I have and I know its because of the movies. People are like, Oh yeah, I know that song! And then TV shows and stuff, commercials, like an iPod commercial, that was a big deal.
Q: Youre on tour in February. Whats the key to survival on the road and not killing your band mates on the road?
A: I think theres a combination of things. Humor would be key. If everyone has relatively the same sense of humor, then that helps. And things in common, like food, eating. If theres one person whos vegan, say, then that person might be alienated in my band (laughs)… Last night we went to this vegan restaurant because someone said it was great. It was okay, I think some of us would have preferred a steak.
Q: There are bands who will take a slightly less talented musician for someone they can live with the other 22 hours of the day off stage.
A: Thats for sure. In fact, to my detriment, Ive done that. I just like somebody so much or [theyre] a great companion and maybe not the best musician or the best person for the [job]... but I dont care.
Q: Bruce Springsteen talks about how Born to Run started his lifelong conversation with his audience. My Old, Familiar Friend is your fourth solo album. Where is that in your conversation with your audience and where is that conversation headed?
A: Thats a really far out concept to consider, and a little lofty. It sounds cool and just like Bruce Springsteen is famous for… hes got great one liners, but what is he talking about? You know what I mean. So Im not sure I agree or maybe I havent hit that point yet or maybe I havent started this so-called conversation with my audience. I have a hard enough time writing a little something on an email blast. My manager is like write a little something for my fans. And Id rather not. Thats not my life. My life is me and music, its not me and my fans. ..Its a cool concept, I like that. It sounds nice, it sounds neat, but Im not a huge Springsteen fan for that very reason, I think, because I never knew what he was talking about.
Q: You live in Nashville where there are songwriters everywhere. Do you find it inspirational?
A: Yeah. I dont know if its inspiring so much as its great practice. Its great to keep in practice. You want to surround yourself… with any kind of art, you need to stay in practice. You cant always be inspired. Or you cant wait for it.
Q: Its a craft there. There are times it becomes an art.
A: They write crap songs though (laughs). Im not a fan of the new country stuff. Not always. At best, its clever, though. It never just hits you. I dont know it very well. Still, I think its admirable to and its a good idea to stay in practice for when maybe something does happen. Something does really come to you and youre ready for it.
I started out painting… well, I kind of did them at the same time, music and painting. And then music became easier for me and I pursued that. But while I was painting, I studied with this guy and who sort of taught me you cant afford to sit around and wait.
Q: Its a muscle.
A: Right… [hed say] so go out and fucking draw that flower over there. And Id be like, Im not inspired, Im not into flowers… and hed be like, I dont give a shit, go draw those fucking flowers. You know what I mean, like Shut up, punk. He said it should be like breathing, it should be like second nature. I like that, so at the very least, I write a lot of dumb songs and sometimes they even make it on my record.
Q: What do you get out of being in the Raconteurs that you dont get out of being a solo artist and vice versa?
A: So much. I havent decided which… I think I definitely prefer being in a group, writing in a group too. I have a group of guys with me, but they didnt write the songs. They dont have a whole lot of emotional stake in it. But bless their hearts, theyre fucking good. Theyre great. But its a different thing.
Of course, the biggest thing is playing in the Raconteurs or in a group, youre sharing everything. You share the glory and whatever when its not glorious. When it sucks, I dont have the bear the load myself. And you can take turns doing things like if Im tired… some nights Im not in the mood or Im tired or something like that and so I can fall back on these other guys, like Jack, maybe hell take over. Well do more of his [stuff]… With me, its like man, I gotta carry it the whole time. And thats kind of a negative way of looking at my solo stuff, but at this point, Im in that phase coming off the Raconteurs. But theres things that the Raconteurs cant give me that my solo stuff gives me and Im not sure what that is at the moment. Nothings coming to mind.
Q: Were not catching you on a good day, are we?
A: I know, I know. Oh my God, this should be an interesting set today.
Q: Is there a new Raconteurs record in the works?
A: Not as of yet. I mean, I think were all just really focused on other things. I barely talk to those guys. Were all busy, but it will, like it always does, it will come around and well get together again and hang out and maybe make a record or maybe not. Terrible answer, sorry.
Q: Its the truth.
A: Its a real spontaneous thing, really. The Raconteurs was, is and always will be, hopefully, should be spontaneous. If we feel like doing it. Were not contractually obligated, we dont need it. We dont have to do it, which is cool.
Edited by TranscendInEveryWay, 05 February 2010 - 04:47 PM.
Posted 05 February 2010 - 08:56 PM
Of course, the biggest thing is playing in the Raconteurs or in a group, you’re sharing everything. You share the glory and whatever when it’s not glorious. When it sucks, I don’t have the bear the load myself. And you can take turns doing things like if I’m tired… some nights I’m not in the mood or I’m tired or something like that and so I can fall back on these other guys, like Jack, maybe he’ll take over. We’ll do more of his [stuff]… With me, it’s like man, I gotta carry it the whole time. And that’s kind of a negative way of looking at my solo stuff, but at this point, I’m in that phase coming off the Raconteurs. But there’s things that the Raconteurs can’t give me that my solo stuff gives me and I’m not sure what that is at the moment. Nothing’s coming to mind.
Gives me hope
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